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Rangers at Astros Predictions and Preview for 7/25/2021

The Texas Rangers visit the Houston Astros on 7/25/2021 at 2:10PM.

The Rangers and the Astros face off in an regular season game. The Rangers have a record of 35-64 this season. The Astros are 60-39 this season.

Starting Pitcher and Lineup for the Texas Rangers

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Taylor Hearn is 2-3 this season with an ERA of 4.7 in 46.0 innings pitched across 1 starts. He has a WHIP of 1.43 and yields an opponent Batting Average of 0.237. Taylor Hearn’s pitching repertoire includes:

  • A Fastball that is on average 95.4 mph.
  • A Slider that is on average 84.1 mph.
  • A Changeup that is on average 86.3 mph.

Here is a breakdown of the type of contacted balls Taylor Hearn has attracted this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 41.5%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 39.0%
  • Line Drive Rate: 19.5%

He has attracted the following types of contact velocities:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 17.5%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 47.6%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 34.9%

Joey Gallo

Joey Gallo has hit 24 Home Runs, drove in 52 runs, and sports a .225 batting average this season. He also has scored 56 runs this season and stolen 6 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. Joey Gallo would be considered a power hitter this season, although he is not one of the top pure power hitters.

He is very well known for his ability to draw walks with a 19.5% walk rate. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 32.1%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Joey Gallo put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 34.9%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 46.9%
  • Line Drive Rate: 18.3%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 15.0%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 45.6%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 39.4%


Nate Lowe

Nate Lowe has hit 12 Home Runs, drove in 45 runs, and sports a .251 batting average this season. He also has scored 41 runs this season and stolen 4 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

His ability to draw walks is quite good. He is a selective hitter sporting a 14.0% walk rate. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 26.6%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Nate Lowe put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 51.5%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 29.8%
  • Line Drive Rate: 18.7%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 12.8%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 49.8%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 37.4%


Isiah Kiner-Falefa

Isiah Kiner-Falefa has hit 6 Home Runs, drove in 33 runs, and sports a .258 batting average this season. He also has scored 46 runs this season and stolen 15 bases.

A below-average OPS of .649 has been disappointing thus far for Isiah Kiner-Falefa. He is not considered a power hitter this season, but this could change.

He is below average with his 3.1% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He has a K Rate of 15.9% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Isiah Kiner-Falefa put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 57.6%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 22.6%
  • Line Drive Rate: 19.8%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 14.9%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 55.3%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 29.8%


Jonah Heim

Jonah Heim has hit 4 Home Runs, drove in 15 runs, and sports a .224 batting average this season. He also has scored 13 runs this season and stolen 2 bases.

A below-average OPS of .638 has been disappointing thus far for Jonah Heim. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is below average with his 5.5% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He has a K Rate of 18.9% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. He is not getting on base this season as much as he or his manager hope.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Jonah Heim put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 45.9%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 32.8%
  • Line Drive Rate: 21.3%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 26.0%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 37.4%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 36.6%


Andy Ibanez

Andy Ibanez has hit 2 Home Runs, drove in 9 runs, and sports a .232 batting average this season. He also has scored 8 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

A below-average OPS of .632 has been disappointing thus far for Andy Ibanez. He is not considered a power hitter this season, but this could change.

He is below average with his 5.9% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He has a K Rate of 12.7% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. He is not getting on base this season as much as he or his manager hope.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Andy Ibanez put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 41.0%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 42.2%
  • Line Drive Rate: 16.9%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 14.5%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 49.4%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 36.1%


Starting Pitcher and Lineup for the Houston Astros

Zack Greinke is 9-3 this season with an ERA of 3.58 in 120.2 innings pitched across 20 starts. He has a WHIP of 1.12 and yields an opponent Batting Average of 0.244. Zack Greinke’s pitching repertoire includes:

  • A Fastball that is on average 88.9 mph.
  • A Slider that is on average 83.2 mph.
  • A Curveball that is on average 70.9 mph.
  • A Changeup that is on average 86.3 mph.

Here is a breakdown of the type of contacted balls Zack Greinke has attracted this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 41.4%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 34.5%
  • Line Drive Rate: 24.0%

He has attracted the following types of contact velocities:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 17.8%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 54.4%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 27.9%

Michael Brantley

Michael Brantley has hit 6 Home Runs, drove in 35 runs, and sports a .328 batting average this season. He also has scored 49 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is below average with his 6.3% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He has a K Rate of 10.8% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Michael Brantley put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 44.1%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 27.2%
  • Line Drive Rate: 28.7%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 14.7%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 49.8%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 35.5%


Yordan Alvarez

Yordan Alvarez has hit 18 Home Runs, drove in 63 runs, and sports a .286 batting average this season. He also has scored 56 runs this season and stolen 1 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. Yordan Alvarez would be considered a power hitter this season, although he is not one of the top pure power hitters.

He is below average with his 7.5% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 27.4%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Yordan Alvarez put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 40.4%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 35.3%
  • Line Drive Rate: 24.3%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 13.7%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 51.6%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 34.7%


Jose Altuve

Jose Altuve has hit 23 Home Runs, drove in 59 runs, and sports a .274 batting average this season. He also has scored 73 runs this season and stolen 4 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 11.2% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 15.4% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Jose Altuve put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 39.4%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 38.7%
  • Line Drive Rate: 22.0%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 18.0%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 51.4%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 30.6%


Carlos Correa

Carlos Correa has hit 16 Home Runs, drove in 55 runs, and sports a .267 batting average this season. He also has scored 63 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 12.6% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 19.3% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Carlos Correa put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 41.4%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 37.5%
  • Line Drive Rate: 21.1%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 17.3%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 45.4%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 37.3%


Kyle Tucker

Kyle Tucker has hit 18 Home Runs, drove in 57 runs, and sports a .273 batting average this season. He also has scored 52 runs this season and stolen 9 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. Kyle Tucker would be considered a power hitter this season, although he is not one of the top pure power hitters.

He is below average with his 7.9% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He has a K Rate of 16.0% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Kyle Tucker put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 34.7%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 44.4%
  • Line Drive Rate: 20.9%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 10.8%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 48.3%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 40.9%


Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros Prediction, Picks, and Odds


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